June 22, 2012 |
AS SOMEONE WHO relies on public transportation, I can appreciate why people embrace the one-stop shopping experience when visiting their local Wal-Mart or Target stores. The prices are hard to beat and it is convenient. While reflecting upon the consequences of shopping at megastores, I realized it is going to be tough to change my purchasing habits in support of locally owned businesses, and it dawned upon me that the majority of Americans are contributing to the destruction of the middle class because most of us incorporate Wal-Mart or Target into our weekly shopping routines.
May 16, 2012 |
An African American shopper who says he suffers emotional distress and mental afflictions caused by a racist intercom announcement he heard two years ago at a Wal-Mart store in Washington Township, Gloucester County, is suing the retail giant for $1 million. Donnell Battie, 35, of Winslow Township, was in the crowded store on Route 42 the evening of March 14, 2010, when a male voice said over the loudspeaker: "Attention Wal-Mart customers, all black people must leave the store.
April 28, 2012 |
In Friday's issue, parts of this story were garbled or left out because of a production error. The entire story is reprinted here. It was Joyce Parker's final wish. As the original Miss Tootsie - whose premier soul-food restaurant at 13th and South bore her nickname - lay dying of pancreatic cancer last year, she made her son, Keven, promise to "get the work done. " Keven understood exactly what she meant. Giving back was always in Joyce Parker's DNA. Even before there was a Miss Tootsie's - which Keven has since expanded and transformed from a neighborhood spot into the luxe Miss Tootsie's Restaurant Bar Lounge - Joyce would find a way to help those in need.
April 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate rejected a Republican attempt Tuesday to overturn new regulations designed to give unions quicker representation elections in their effort to organize more workplaces. The 54-45, largely party line vote against a resolution of disapproval leaves intact National Labor Relations Board rules that are scheduled to take effect April 30. Among Philadelphia-area senators, only Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) supported the resolution. Unions had sought the rules changes while business groups opposed them.
April 20, 2012
N EED A JOB? City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will be holding a job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday with more than 50 employers at the Myers Recreation Center on Kingsessing Avenue near 58th Street, Southwest Philadelphia. Participating employers include the Philadelphia Fire Department, the state Department of Transportation, the Philadelphia Gas Works, Wal-Mart and more. The fair is sponsored by the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
April 19, 2012
Cute as a button, this new portable food warmer from Crock-Pot guarantees a hot lunch by slowly, gently reheating last night's leftovers. Keep the base on your desk for daily use, and tote the spill-proof inner lining to and from home, or grab the whole pot for al fresco dining. Crock-Pot LunchCrock food warmer, $24.99, at Wal-Mart or crockpot.com . — Ashley Primis
November 9, 2011 |
In late August, Charles Palmer ate cantaloupe bought at a Wal-Mart store in Colorado. Two weeks later, he began feeling sick, then became unresponsive and was rushed to a hospital where doctors diagnosed a listeria infection. Now the 71-year-old retired Marine isn't just suing Granada, Colo.-based Jensen Farms, which grew the tainted cantaloupe that he says sickened him. He's also suing Wal-Mart for selling the fruit. Fallout from the outbreak that has killed 29 Americans is broadening to other major retailers that sold the tainted produce and is spurring a national debate on the role groceries and stores should play in making the food-supply chain safe.
September 15, 2011 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday announced a multibillion-dollar women's initiative, three months after winning dismissal of a sexual-discrimination case from the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan includes buying $20 billion of products from businesses owned by American women in the next five years and training to sharpen the skills of 60,000 women working in factories that supply products to Wal-Mart and other merchants. And it plans to teach life skills - from punctuality to financial literacy - to 200,000 women overseas and to 200,000 low-income women in the United States.
August 17, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Consumers might not be confident, but the stores that sell to them certainly seem to be. Wal-Mart and Home Depot, two of the nation's largest retailers and bellwethers of the U.S. economy, on Tuesday joined a string of other merchants that have raised their outlooks for the year despite a flow of bad economic news that suggests they have no reason to be optimistic. TJX Cos., which owns TJ Maxx and Marshall's; Macy's Inc.; Kohl's Corp.; and Nordstrom Inc. have all boosted their profit outlooks in the last week.
June 22, 2011
By throwing out the largest employment discrimination case in U.S. history, a gender-bias complaint against retail giant Wal-Mart, the Supreme Court has set a daunting precedent for future class-action suits against large corporations. The court appeared to be technically correct in ruling Monday that the claims of nearly 1.5 million women, who cited statistical evidence of lower wages and fewer promotions, could not be consolidated against Wal-Mart. All nine justices agreed that the class-action rules under which the case went forward didn't apply to monetary claims.